U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Quits After Drug-War Comments


Carlos Pascual, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, resigned after the publication of U.S. diplomatic cables that criticized that government's anti-drug fight, infuriating the Mexican president, the Washington Post reports. Pascual appears to be the first senior U.S. diplomat to lose his job because of the WikiLeaks revelations. He had been in Mexico for 19 months.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has publicly criticized Pascual, telling the Post this month that he was angered by the U.S. ambassador's characterization of the Mexican army as “risk-averse” in going after drug traffickers. Calderon also said the cables laid bare U.S. attempts to play Mexican agencies off against one another in the drug fight.

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